Life in Renaissance times was more then drinking ale and chasing after maidens. Certainly you had the look the part if you were a knight or of you were a royal you had to wear that fluffy white Seinfeld shirt. Here’s some tips for putting together a well thought out medieval costume.
For some reason, the medieval and renaissance times are ones people flock to for costumes. Maybe they stir up, the valor of the knights, the innocence of the maidens the romance, and the dreams of being swept away on a white horse and of course, the huge meals eaten with no utensils!
These costumes are fun to create and not only the clothes, but also the accessories make successful renaissance and medieval costumes. This guide to renaissance costumes and medieval costumes is sure to help create a fabulous costume to wear for Halloween, to a costume party, a renaissance fair, or even just for fun.
A good place to start is to look around online. Not only will good prices be found, and it is an easy way to price shop, but also good ideas to inspire homemade costumes are available. If looking to buy online, better selection and more sizes are available, including plus sizes. In addition, these can be bought year round as opposed to in the store when costumes are only available in the month or two before Halloween.
Some key elements to medieval and renaissance costumes are the lavish, layered clothing for women who want to be a proper maid, or maybe something a little more showy and low cut with a tight bodice for a renaissance wench. Remember, the more affluent the renaissance people were, the brighter their clothes. The poor mostly wore brown, while the royalty wore reds and purples.
For men, lots of options exist. They can go as a Robin Hood character in a woodsy colored tunic and carry a bow and arrow. Slim brown pants and knee high boots would complete this costume. For a romantic renaissance man, think a long, white, puffy shirt belted with a leather belt over slim pants. Leather (or faux leather) shirts, called jerkins, and vests would work as well. The royal court will have the heavier, embellished fabrics and brighter colors like the women. A good renaissance or medieval man always carries his sword or maybe even an ax if he is more of a battling man, unless, of course, he has a bow and arrow. Any men’s costumes will be bumped up a notch with tall leather boots.
A great component for men or women is the accessory, which can personalize a store bought geekowear costume or add to any homemade creation. Wigs are great for anyone, whether it is long, straight one for a man tied back with a leather strap, or a big curly wig of long hair for the sultry wench. Women can also decorate their hair with flowers or a crown, even some braids with gold ribbons woven through or jewels stuck in would be fitting of the times.
Medieval and renaissance costumes to ones have fun with. They do not have to be worn just at Halloween, but are great for any costume party or a day at the renaissance fair.